I had to buy cat food, and whilst walking in Walmart, I came across 4 of these sitting on one of the sport department's work tables. Nobody was around, and I guess a worker had placed them there ready to be put officially out on the floor. I pounced on one as it was a new multi-tool to me, and that is a rare event nowadays.
This one is a bit odd. It follows the usual Ganzo multi-tool shape but it is done in a garish orange with a rather uneven checkering for texture. You can even see the sprue locations on the handles.
Now I had to Google the name South Bend. I quickly found out they have been around since 1906, and tend to focus on fishing gear, which explain the plier head. This is clearly a fishing centric multi-tool.
Here is a close up of the checkering on the handles, and the South Bend logo which appears to be two lightning bolts inside a well, I guess its a sail as it doesn't fit the description of a trapezium.
As for secondary tools, you get a rather sharp knife blade, an LED flashlight that takes up one whole side of a handle, a small flat and phillips driver for fishing reel maintenance, and um, er a saw? I guess you could use it as a fish scaler in a pinch.
1. I like the handle texture. Should prove very grippy when wet.
2. I am always up for a different plier head. This one has plenty of sub functions that should prove useful for fishing.
3. I have yet to meet a Ganzo shaped multi-tool that didn't feel sturdy and well built. This one is no exception.
1. This tool rattles so badly, you could tie a fishing line to it, toss it overboard while trolling, and it might attract some fish. One of the retention springs for the flashlight is a tad loose.
2. Seriously, to waste precious real-estate for one of those LED flashlights has always seemed criminal to me.
3. Like pro number 3, I have yet to meet a Ganzo shaped multi-tool that didn't have folding secondary tools that felt cheap. This one is no exception.
4. A fishing tool with a saw instead of a fish scaler seems odd.